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Kannada actor Rakshit Shetty is just a few years old in the film industry but he is fast emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the Sandalwood. The multi-talented filmmaker propelled himself to the stardom with Ulidavaru Kandanthe (2014), where he played the lead role besides writing and directing it. The film became a huge hit both commercially and critically.
Rakshit prefers to write his own movies and enjoys doing so. However, after venturing into film production, things have got little difficult for the actor-filmmaker. “The films and characters that I write and direct will be different from the other movies I do,” he said, explaining why he is no inclined to multitasking. “Since I’m into production as well and managing many films at the same time, it is difficult now. But, otherwise, I can do writing, directing and acting simultaneously.”
Last year, Rakshit made his debut as a producer with Kirik Party, which emerged as one of the biggest earners in the Kannada film industry. The 33-year-old filmmaker is bankrolling a few interesting projects, including Diganth’s upcoming film Katheyondu Shuruvagide, which is directed by Senna Hegde, a debutant director in Kannada. He is also producing Humble Politician Nograj, Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja among others.
Rakshit doesn’t entirely fund his projects under his production banner. He lets the members of his cast and crew invest in the films thus avoiding the risk of being the only person to suffer monetary loss, in case the film doesn’t work at the box office. If the film clicks, the profits get shared among the investors.
“While I was making short films, from my friends to actors working in it, used to invest in them. The idea has come from there. I know the kind of positive energy on the sets when we follow this method,” he said, adding that he will continue to produce films this way until the power to call the shots lies with him.